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Artists can now apply to play Ireland Music Week 2021

Artists can now apply to play Ireland Music Week 2021

Ireland Music Week has announced that it will be going ahead  from October 5th-8th this year and has opened the application process for artists to play the showcase.

It’s not clear because of guidelines whether the festival will be in venues in person or online like last year yet.

In order to allow 2021 applicants the best possible opportunity to reach international music industry professionals, IMW will continue to monitor the reopening trials for live music venues and lifting of travel restrictions before making a final decision on whether IMW 2021 will be a virtual, in- person or a hybrid event.


From last year’s experience, it can still be a good place to play for acts as international festival bookers, agents, labels and music supervisors are watching and the conference aspect with panels and sessions was very good last year.

50 acts will be chosen to play by panels of industry professionals.

You can apply to play via and click on the “APPLY TO PLAY” button – applications will be through the artists’ Breaking Tunes profile. Closing date for applications is Friday 18th June at 6pm.

Last year IMW was one of the first global events to go fully virtual and it was an incredible success all told. We had a significant increase in the number of buyers, bookers and industry who were able to virtually attend the event and there were a lot of extra benefits to the artists post event with the availability of high-end live videos produced. However, we know that nothing quite replaces a live experience, so that will be our main aim for 2021, we will be led by our international buyers and our artists and official guidelines on what might work best for the event in 2021”.

Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact

Last year’s acts included include Denise ChailaFearsCMAT, NealoSkinnerStrange BoyRachael Lavelle and many more. Our list from last year.

First Music Contact, who run Ireland Music Week work with Irish acts from the very beginning. This annual showcase is an opportunity to offer Irish acts some vital exposure provided by the stellar mix of influential international and Irish delegates. FMC also run Music From Ireland, the Irish music export office.

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